TOOL TIMEDo you have all the tools you need to do those cutting jobs in the garden?
Secateurs are good for small pruning jobs where you can cut stems and branches about the size of your first finger.
Generally if it's green it cuts more easily than hardened branches sometimes found lower down on shrubs and hedges.
|Cut and Hold pruners. Photo. Cut Above Tools|
Or are you struggling with some old secateurs and a rusty pair of garden loppers?
Don’t know what loppers are?
Let’s find out about what tools you should be using for those pruning jobs in the garden. I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au
Some long handled pruners use the "cut and hold," method. They're about 3 metres long when extended and have a trigger.
|Well used garden tool selection.|
Good for tops of Camellias or getting the fruit of mango and avocado trees.
The best tip is to hold the pruning tool that you’re thinking of buying for at least a minute to see if you can stand the weight.
This is a good idea because when you’re pruning your garden shrubs, hedges roses or whatever, you’ll be out there for a lot longer than a minute or two.
So if you think that long handled lopper is too heavy for you, don’t get the tool.
If you have any questions about the right tool for the right job, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675
|Tamarind tree in Brisbane Botanic Gardens.|
|Tamarind fruit. Photo www.daleysfruit.com.au|
Or you could make a tamarind drink.
Make it like a cup of tea, sweetened to taste, refrigerate.
Better than cordial some say.
The leaves, flowers and immature pods are eaten as vegetables.
The ripened fruit is used in desserts, as a jam, blended into juices, or sweetened drinks, sorbets, ice creams and other snacks.
In Western cuisine, it is found in Worcestershire sauce..
WHY ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOU?
This garden series with Garden Designer Peter Nixon, is all about garden challenges thrown at us mostly by nature but also due to a situation in your garden that you might need to fix.
|Impact damage on Bromeliads|
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
|Dahlias photo M Cannon|
Known as the “queen of the autumn garden’ the old fashioned Dahlia varieties of this plant grew into quite a large bush that needed staking.
The new varieties are plants that are small enough just to grow in a pot and when it’s covered in flowers you can bring it indoors and use it instead of a bunch of flowers.
Let’s find out more. I'm talking with the plant panel - Karen Smith editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, the owner of the Green Gallery Nursery, www.thegreengallery.com.au
|Dahlia Summer Days - a single variety. photo M Cannon|
It may surprise you to learn that the Dahlia flower is the national flower of Mexico, most likely because it native to the country.
When given as a gift, the dahlia flower expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance.
Dahlias are also a symbol of commitment and bond that lasts forever.